Graham: National Guard troops not enough to secure U.S.-Mexico border

Graham: National Guard troops not enough to secure U.S.-Mexico border
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ AG pick Barr emphasizes independence from Trump Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE’s call to send troops to the southern border won’t be enough to address the flow of illegal immigration to the U.S. 

“There makes some sense to send soldiers to the border, but you’re not going to secure a border just by adding National Guard troops,” Graham said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He added that “building a wall alone won’t do anything,” referencing Trump’s signature promise on immigration. 

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Trump announced last week that he was ordering thousands of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help stop illegal border crossings until a wall can be constructed.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisGOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Trump suggested withdrawing US from NATO: report MORE signed off on the request on Friday. The memo states that troops will not perform law enforcement activities. It does not state how much the mission will cost.

Arizona and Texas have both said they will send troops to the border starting this weekend.

Graham on Sunday argued it would be more effective to address the underlying reasons that people try to leave Central American countries and Mexico for the United States.

“We have two borders: One with Canada, one with Mexico,” Graham said. “I’ve never met an illegal Canadian. The point is that Canada has a sound economy. People to the south of us do not.”